We’ve just been listening to an excerpt from 858 Suite, new music by local guitarist and composer Bill Frisell, inspired by eight abstract paintings from German painter Gerhard Richter. Richter himself, after a career spanning 40 years, has become one of the most critically acclaimed and celebrated of all living artists — this in spite of his habit of painting in multiple styles at once, both realist and abstract. The largest Richter exhibit ever held in this country opened at New York’s Museum of Modern Art last spring, and has since been touring the country, with stops in Chicago and Washington. The closest stop to Seattle was a recent run at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, and KUOW art critic, Gary Faigin, went down to see what all the fuss was about. Here is his review.